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Did you know that you could save money and increase the effectiveness of your car’s brakes by following a few simple tips? Many drivers are unaware of certain driving and auto maintenance habits they have that result in poor brake performance and decreased brake life. To ensure that your brakes stay in good shape longer, follow these tips.
Braking at 55 mph rather than 65 mph causes the brakes to use 33 percent less energy. To get in the habit of braking at lower speeds, anticipate the need to brake and choose to coast for 5 to 15 seconds beforehand. On familiar roads, try to memorize areas where drivers slow down, such as before a turn or a stoplight, and coast before arriving at those areas.
Reduce the Weight of Your Vehicle
If you carry unnecessary items in your vehicle, removing them will improve braking efficiency, handling, and even fuel economy. Be mindful of the tires, wheels, and other components that you buy, as some of them can add a lot of weight to your vehicle.
Flush the Brake Fluid Routinely
Brake fluid naturally attracts moisture, which over time leads to corrosion and reduced braking effectiveness. To ensure that your brake fluid is clean, it needs to be flushed every 30,000 miles. This will both increase the effectiveness of your brakes and make them last longer.
Replace the Brake Pads Regularly
If you hear a high-pitched noise or notice vibration during braking, it’s time to replace the brake pads. If you don’t replace the brake pads, the rotors will start to wear out, and these are more expensive to replace than brake pads.
For more tips on how to extend the life of your brakes, call Murray’s Auto Clinics at (240) 450-2478. We have been performing brake work and other auto maintenance services since 1982. Find the location nearest you, and let us know if you have any questions or would like to schedule a service!
Last updated 8 days ago
Forgetting to turn off your car’s headlights can cause a dead battery, which is one of the most common reasons why a vehicle won’t start. But oftentimes, the root of the problem is more complicated. Below are some of the other common reasons why your car won’t start, and which automotive repair shop can fix the issue.
If your car makes a clicking noise but it will not start, it probably has a dead battery. If the car is completely silent when you turn the key, then the battery terminal cable connections need to be checked. Sometimes these cables become corroded, which means they need to be cleaned or replaced.
Fuel Supply Problem
Does the engine crank over when you try to start the car? This means you need to check the fuel supply leading to the engine. If cranking eventually starts the engine, but then the engine dies shortly afterward, it’s likely a problem with the carburetor.
Spark Plug Failure
If your vehicle is cranking over but won’t start, and it’s not a fuel supply problem, check the spark plugs. A spark plug issue may also cause the engine to misfire while idling or hesitate during acceleration. To prevent spark plug problems, have them inspected every 15,000 miles and replaced according to the recommendations found in your car’s owner manual.
Damp Distributer Cap
Cars that have problems starting when it’s raining may be suffering from a wet distributer cap. To dry the cap out you will either have to shake the moisture out or have a special solvent applied to it at your local auto repair shop.
If you heard knocking or pinging coming from the engine for a few days before it failed to start, you may have an issue with the engine timing. Improper engine timing can also cause the engine to misfire or hesitate during acceleration.
Murray’s Auto Clinics has been performing auto repair since 1982, and we will be happy to diagnose your vehicle’s starting problem. Visit the Mechanic Services section of this site or call our family owned and operated repair shop at (240) 450-2478 for more information or questions.
Last updated 15 days ago
Keeping up with routine tire maintenance has a positive effect on fuel economy, safety, handling, and tire life. In addition to replacing your tires when they are low on tread, you should get a tire rotation every 7,500 miles and a wheel alignment every 15,000 miles. But probably the easiest and most important tire maintenance service is making sure your tires are properly inflated. To do this, check the tire inflation once per month using a tire pressure gauge. If you want optimal accuracy, get a stick-type tire pressure gauge. Digital tire pressure gauges, on the other hand, are best if you want a gauge that’s easy to read. Dial gauges come with more features, but most of the time these features are not necessary.
To ensure that your tires are in optimal shape, come to Murray’s Auto Clinics for professional tire maintenance. Visit the "mechanic services" tab to see the other auto maintenance and repair services that our family owned and operated car repair shop has to offer. For more information, you may call us at (240) 450-2478.
Last updated 17 days ago
Synthetic motor oil takes better care of your vehicle than conventional oil. In addition, synthetic motor oil performs better at high and low temperatures, which means you won’t have to change it just before winter like you do conventional oil. Synthetic oil allows for easier start-up, faster engine warm-up, and less strain on the battery. Synthetic oil also lasts longer, which results in fewer visits to the car repair shop for an oil change.
To see if your vehicle can handle synthetic engine oil, come to Murray’s Auto Clinics. Call us at (240) 450-2478 or visit one of our auto repair shops for more information about synthetic engine oil. To see all of our auto repair locations in Maryland, visit our website today.
Last updated 28 days ago
Driving on the streets in Maryland during the wintertime can be very dangerous. With the amount of snow and ice that is common to the area, it’s important to take the proper precautions before you get behind the wheel. In addition to winter auto maintenance, following these winter driving tips will help you stay safe on the road.
How to Safely Drive On Ice
Optimal visibility is essential when driving on ice, so make sure that the windshield and headlights are clean before getting behind the wheel. Drive slowly and give yourself plenty of room to stop when driving in icy conditions. If you need to slow down, simply release the accelerator. Use the brake sparingly, as this can cause the wheels to lock up. Be especially cautious when driving on bridges and overpasses, as these can freeze more easily in comparison to other roads.
How to Properly React When Your Car Starts to Skid
First, take your foot off of the gas pedal. Steer in the direction that you want the car’s front wheels to go. If the rear wheels start sliding in the other direction, rotate the steering wheel in that direction. You may have to repeat this procedure a few times to fully correct the skid. Applying gentle, steady pressure to the brakes can also help the car slow down.
What To Do if Your Car is Stuck in the Snow
If you notice that the car is stuck, do not try to accelerate out of the rut; this will only make it worse. Instead, use a shovel to remove the snow underneath the car and alongside the wheels. Then, pour sand, salt, or kitty litter in the path of the wheels to help them regain traction.
To ensure that you are prepared to drive in winter weather, come to Murray’s Auto Clinics of Silver Spring, MD. We have performed auto repair and maintenance services in the area since 1982. You may call us at (240) 450-2478 for any questions that you may have regarding your car's service needs.